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The Cultural Revolution and Overacting: Dynamics between Politics and Performance

by Tuo Wang Lexington Books (September 24, 2014)

This postmodern study of the Chinese Cultural Revolution examines the inner mechanism of the mass movement. Utilizing methodologies of cultural anthropology, linguistics, acting theory, and literary criticism,...


Research Beyond Borders: Multidisciplinary Reflections

by Anjana Narayan, Lise-Hélène Smith, Wiline Pangle & Sami Hanna et al. Lexington Books (December 28, 2011)

This collection draws insights from an interdisciplinary group of scholars specializing in diverse methods used in the social sciences and humanities to reflect on the empirical, methodological, and practical...


Anthropology of Childhood and Youth: International and Historical Perspectives

by Geoffrey Vitale Lexington Books (July 16, 2014)

In this book, Geoffrey Vitale shows the ways in which people understand, raise, and educate children and youth differently from century to century and from country to country according to the culture, lifestyle,...


Histories of American Physical Anthropology in the Twentieth Century

by Kenneth A. R. Kennedy, Michael A. Little, Jonathan Marks & Eugene Giles et al. Lexington Books (December 23, 2009)

Histories of American Physical Anthropology in the Twentieth Century chronicles the history of physical anthropology_or, as it is now known, biological anthropology_from its professional origins in the late...


Building Trust: Doing Research to Understand Ethnic Communities

by Fumiko Hosokawa Lexington Books (December 28, 2009)

This book studies five ethnic communities_South Asian Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, and Samoan Americans_to understand how their members feel about being studied by researchers....


Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life Off the Edge of the Table

by Janet Page-Reeves Lexington Books (July 03, 2014)

In Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life Off the Edge of the Table, contributors stress the relationship between food insecurity and women’s agency. By problematizing the mundane world of...


Immortal Passage: Philosophical Speculations on Posthuman Evolution

by Asher Seidel Lexington Books (October 11, 2010)

Immortal Passage: Philosophical Speculations on Posthuman Evolution defends the posthuman hypothesis: that descendants of present humans, leading lives of indefinitely extended duration, and having significantly...


Leprosy and a Life in South India: Journeys with a Tamil Brahmin

by James Staples Lexington Books (June 05, 2014)

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork as well as many hours of interviews, Leprosy and a Life in South India: Journeys with a Tamil Brahmin documents the life story of Das, a South Indian Brahmin born in the newly...


Pigs and Persons in the Philippines: Human-Animal Entanglements in Ifugao Rituals

by Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme Lexington Books (May 29, 2014)

This book examines how pigs are entangled in the constitution of relations between humans and between humans and spirits among the Ifugao of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. The book applies concepts like...


The Anthropology of Western Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies

by Murray J. Leaf Lexington Books (May 21, 2014)

The Anthropology of Western Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies is a comparative survey of the world’s major religious traditions as professional enterprises and, often, as social movements....


The Anthropology of Eastern Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies

by Murray J. Leaf Lexington Books (May 21, 2014)

Anthropology of Eastern Religions: Ideas, Organizations, and Constituencies is a comparative survey of the world’s major religious traditions as professional enterprises and, often, as social movements. Documenting...


Food, Power, and Resistance in the Andes: Exploring Quechua Verbal and Visual Narratives

by Alison Krögel Lexington Books (December 16, 2010)

Food, Power, and Resistance explores the ways in which artistic representations of food and cooks often convey subversive meanings that resist attempts to locate indigenous Andeans-and Quechua women in particular-at...


Reproducing Chinese Culture in Diaspora: Sustainable Agriculture and Petrified Culture in Northern Thailand

by Shu-min Huang Lexington Books (December 28, 2009)

Reproducing Chinese Culture in Diaspora describes how a group of anti-communist Chinese nationals managed to establish a farming community in Thailand's northern hills after voluntary exile from communist China...


Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces: Threshold Experiences

by Mauro Ponzi, Alexis Nuselovici, Fabio Vighi & Elettra Stimilli et al. Lexington Books (April 02, 2014)

The term “threshold” captures the overlapping of inside and outside—well beyond the logic of inclusion and exclusion that still prevails in Western civilization—that can be decisive for the way we understand...


Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life

by Shamita Das Dasgupta, Sayantani DasGupta, Sharmila Rudrappa & Amrita Pande et al. Lexington Books (February 14, 2014)

This edited volume explores transnational gestational surrogacy and how its practice is changing the traditional concept of parenthood across the globe. The phenomenon has given rise to a thriving international...


Sociology of Culture and Cultural Practices: The Transformative Power of Institutions

by Laurent Fleury, Michael Lavin & Terry Nichols Clark Lexington Books (April 01, 2014)

In Sociology of Culture and of Cultural Practices, Laurent Fleury presents a synthesis of research and debate from France and the United States. He traces the development of the sociology of culture from its...


The Dream Fields of Florida: Mexican Farmworkers and the Myth of Belonging

by Ella Schmidt Lexington Books (October 29, 2009)

Using ethnographic data from several immigrant farmworker communities in Florida, Schmidt unravels the embedded structural inequalities of U.S. society and the ideological discourses that mask them. This book...


The Work of Play: Child Psychotherapy in Contemporary Korea

by Sheena Nahm Lexington Books (December 18, 2013)

The Work of Play is an anthropological ethnography of children’s play therapy that examines the experiences of a group of female therapists who implemented new psychotherapeutic programs in South Korea. Drawing...


Geographies of Dance: Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

by Olaf Kuhlke, Adam M. Pine, Matthew Kurtz & Teresa Heiland et al. Lexington Books (December 24, 2013)

This book is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between dance and geography. It includes articles from geographers, anthropologists, dance historians, architects, and urban planners and...


Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon: A Philosophical Analysis of Fang Tales, Myths, and Legends

by Bonaventure Mvé Ondo & James F. Barnes Lexington Books (December 05, 2013)

In Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon, Bonaventure Mvé Ondo argues that Fang tales, myths, and legends are components of the foundation of a worldview that sustains and protects a unique, historical Fang identity....


Television and the Modernization Ideal in 1980s China: Dazzling the Eyes

by Huike Wen Lexington Books (November 22, 2013)

Using theories of visual culture, media technology, globalization and gender studies supplemented by visual images and interviews, the book explores Chinese television history in the pivotal decade of the 1980s...


The Anthropology of Complex Economic Systems: Inequality, Stability, and Cycles of Crisis

by Niccolo Leo Caldararo Lexington Books (November 14, 2013)

By bringing together economic anthropology, ecology, and culture history, The Anthropology of Complex Economic Systems not only proposes a new model of human social evolution, but equally importantly creates...


Mennonite Disaster Service: Building a Therapeutic Community after the Gulf Coast Storms

by Ph. D Phillips Lexington Books (November 05, 2013)

This ethnography describes and explains how Mennonite Disaster Service, following a well-established tradition of helping their neighbors, organized volunteer efforts for the 2005 and 2008 Gulf Coast storms....


Africa in Europe: Interdependencies, Relocations, and Globalization

by Stefan Goodwin Lexington Books (October 17, 2008)

Africa in Europe, in two volumes, is an interdisciplinary work about Europeans that demonstrates fluid boundaries and connections between them and Africans from antiquity until the present. Written by a scholar...


Tourism and Social Change in Post-Socialist Zanzibar: Struggles for Identity, Movement, and Civilization

by Akbar Keshodkar Lexington Books (October 22, 2013)

Tourism and Social Change in Post-Socialist Zanzibar examines how Zanzibaris are struggling to move through the local landscape in the post-socialist era dominated by tourism. Using the theoretical framework...


Mothers of Adult Children

by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard, Elzbieta Korolczuk, Nancy Gerber & Trish Green et al. Lexington Books (September 12, 2013)

Mothers of Adult Children elucidates what happens when children come of age and leave home, creating new lives in the realms of work and relationships. This book reveals the problems mothers of adult children...


Special Interest Society: How Membership-based Organizations Shape America

by James R. Hudson & Patricia A. Hudson Lexington Books (September 12, 2013)

Membership-based organizations play a central role in our society yet those studying voluntary associations fail to recognize their distinctive characteristics as their impact is profound and our understanding...


The Cultural Career of Coolness: Discourses and Practices of Affect Control in European Antiquity, the United States, and Japan

by Elena Giannoulis, Catrin Gersdorf, Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit & Ulla Haselstein et al. Lexington Books (October 10, 2013)

Today, coolness is a term most often used in advertising trendy commodities, or, more generally, in promoting urban lifestyles. The Cultural Career of Coolness explores the history of the term as a metaphor...


Human Rights and the Third World: Issues and Discourses

by Arnab Das, Subrata Sankar Bagchi, Debi Chatterjee & Clarence J. Dias et al. Lexington Books (December 06, 2012)

Human Rights and the Third World: Issues and Discourses deals with the controversial questions on the universalistic notions of human rights. It finds Third World perspectives and seeks to open up a discursive...


Novel Approaches to Anthropology: Contributions to Literary Anthropology

by Marilyn Cohen, Ward Keeler, Helena Wulff & John W. Pulis et al. Lexington Books (September 05, 2013)

This volume of essays reflects current theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to literary anthropology.


African American Life and Culture in Orange Mound: Case Study of a Black Community in Memphis, Tennessee, 1890-1980

by Charles Williams Lexington Books (August 28, 2013)

African American Life and Culture in Orange Mound is an exploration of the conditions of living for residents of the unincorporated subdivision in the deep south from 1890 to 1919.


Forced to Flee: Human Rights and Human Wrongs in Refugee Homelands

by Van Peter W. Arsdale Lexington Books (August 04, 2006)

Author Peter W. Van Arsdale presents first-hand fieldwork conducted over a 30-year span in six refugee homelands ranging from Sudan to Bosnia. This expert research bridges the emergent refugee and human rights...


Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile

by William L. Alexander, Emily Wakild, Angela Vergara & Anton Daughters et al. Lexington Books (September 24, 2009)

Presenting case studies by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and environmental specialists,Lost in the Long Transition critically examines the impact of neoliberal economic and social policies...


Romanians in Western Europe: Migration, Status Dilemmas, and Transnational Connections

by Remus Gabriel Anghel Lexington Books (June 21, 2013)

This book analyzes the Romanian migration that has developed in recent years as one of the largest migration waves in Europe.


Tourism and Cultural Change in Costa Rica: Pitfalls and Possibilities

by Karen Stocker Lexington Books (June 16, 2013)

Tourism and Cultural Change in Costa Rica: Pitfalls and Possibilities examines the consequences—positive, negative, and otherwise—of tourism in four different sites in Costa Rica.


Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America

by Dána-Ain Davis, Christa Craven, Michelle Marzullo & Aimee Cox et al. Lexington Books (April 04, 2013)

This collection reengages 20th century debates on feminist ethnography in a 21st century context. It serves as a critical dialog about the possibilities for feminist ethnography in the 21st century—at the...


Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography

by Lia Bryant, Barbara Pini, Andrew Gorman-Murray & Nick McGlynn et al. Lexington Books (December 27, 2012)

This edited book offers a detailed examination of the interstices of ruralities and sexualities over a number of different countries, focusing a geographical lens on the relationships between sexualities and...


The Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement: A Biocultural Perspective

by Robert R. Sands & Linda R. Sands Lexington Books (October 11, 2010)

The Anthropology of Sport and Human Movement represents a collection of work that reveals and explores the often times dramatic relationship of our biology and culture that is inextricably woven into a tapestry...


The Changing Face of Afro-Caribbean Cultural Identity: Negrismo and Negritude

by Mamadou Badiane Lexington Books (December 30, 2009)

The Changing Face of Afro-Caribbean Cultural Identity: Negrismo and Négritude looks primarily at Negrismo and Négritude through the eyes of the poetry of Nicolas Guillén, Manuel del Cabral, and Palés Matos...


Precious Steppe: Mongolian Nomadic Pastoralists in Pursuit of the Market

by Ole Bruun Lexington Books (March 30, 2006)

Ole Bruun's work depicts the life of a community of Mongolian livestock herders as they begin to adjust to life outside of their contained Soviet-style collectives. The author identifies and addresses the most...


Creating Global Music in Turkey

by Koray Degirmenci Lexington Books (January 04, 2013)

Creating Global Music in Turkey mainly analyzes how the local and global interact in the very place that is defined as the “local” by the global cultural system. It examines the different music traditions...


Conservative Islam: A Cultural Anthropology

by Erich Kolig Lexington Books (April 05, 2012)

Conservative Islam: A Cultural Anthropology by Erich Kolig analyzes the salient characteristics of Islam and contemporary Muslim society from the perspective of traditional cultural anthropology. By highlighting...


Czech Political Prisoners: Recovering Face

by Jana Kopelentova Rehak Lexington Books (November 29, 2012)

Czech Political Prisoners is about the legacy of political violence under Socialism in Central Eastern Europe. In light of reconciliation, in post-Socialist Czech Republic former political prisoners’ various...


Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts

by Tina M. Harris, Alberto Gonzalez, Kimberly Moffitt & Chin-Chung Chao et al. Lexington Books (December 15, 2012)

This book explores how parents make sense of, and respond to, differing cultural influences within their family. Chapters identify the communication strategies employed by the parents as they strive to create...


Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography

by Hillary K. Crane & Deana Weibel Lexington Books (November 30, 2012)

The essays composed in this book encompass ethnographic fieldwork in Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and other populations, addressing such topics as the fluidity of the anthropologist's own religious identity,...


Bollywood Weddings: Dating, Engagement, and Marriage in Hindu America

by Kavita Ramdya Lexington Books (December 03, 2009)

Bollywood Weddings explores how Indian-American Hindus negotiate two vastly different wedding cultures: those of mainstream America and of Hindu India. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and drawing on...


The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage, and Tourism

by Michael A. Di Giovine Lexington Books (December 16, 2008)

This book explores how the mere designation of World Heritage sites can achieve UNESCO's goal of creating lasting worldwide peace. Drawing on ethnography, policy analysis, and a sophisticated fusion of anthropological...


Simple Lives, Cultural Complexity: Rethinking Culture in Terms of Complexity Theory

by Steen Bergendorff Lexington Books (October 29, 2009)

This book explores the relationship between people living relatively simple lives and the cultural complexity of their live worlds by rethinking culture in terms of complexity theory.


Economic Life of Mexican Beach Vendors: Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas

by Tamar Diana Wilson Lexington Books (November 03, 2012)

Based on the life histories of 166 beach vendors in three Mexican tourist centers—men and women whose income-generating activities form part of the informal or semi-informal economy—Economic Life of Mexican...


Promoting Abstinence, Being Faithful, and Condom Use with Young Africans: Qualitative Findings from an Intervention Trial in Rural Tanzania

by Mary Louisa Plummer Lexington Books (October 26, 2012)

This book examines how the “ABC” behaviors—Abstinence, Being faithful, and Condom use— can be promoted more effectively with young rural Africans. It draws on an extraordinarily large qualitative study...